The Law. First, the Davis-Stirling Act is not just a guideline, it’s the law. It encompasses Civil Code sections 4000 through 6150. Violations by the board can result in lawsuits, fines, court orders and an award of attorneys’ fees. Second, your CC&Rs are not the law, they are recorded restrictions known as equitable servitudes. CC&Rs are high on the food chain but they’re a full step below the law.
Due Process. … However, before any penalties can be imposed, the law requires that you first be given 10 days written notice of the violation and a hearing date so you can defend yourselves. Once the board hears the evidence and makes a decision, it has 15 days to give you its written decision.
Fine Policy. Finally, the board cannot create penalties on the fly. The board must comply with the association’s written fine policy (which must be published annually). If they don’t have a fine schedule, they can’t levy fines or suspend privileges.
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